Some 4,000 people demonstrated in Ayr, south west Scotland, last Saturday against the proposed closure of local accident and emergency facilities.
The cuts would see the accident and emergency (A&E) ward at Ayr hospital closed and replaced by a series of minor injury clinics. The nearest full A&E facilities would be in Kilmarnock, some 16 miles from Ayr.
The size of the demonstration reflects the real anger against the cuts in services. The health board is to make a final decision at a meeting in Irvine on 19 April.
About 150 people marched in Bromsgrove, West Midlands, last Saturday, to protest against proposed hospital cuts.
Residents have been told they could lose maternity and paediatric services at the Alexandra Hospital in nearby Redditch. And some of the 18 beds at Bromsgrove’s Brook Haven mental health unit will face the axe.
County councillors will meet this week to discuss proposals to shake up the boundaries of key NHS services and to make an official response to the plans.
Keep Our NHS Public conference
A major conference called by campaigning group Keep Our NHS Public on 25 March will discuss the cuts and how to fight them. For more information on the event go to www.keepourNHSpublic.com